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David Chase Sheds Insight on The Sopranos Prequel Film

David Chase Sheds Insight on The Sopranos Prequel Film

In The Sopranos Sessions - a new collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode of the show - TV critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz share an interview with Chase in which he appeared to give more weight to the popular theory that the screen cutting to black was meant to signify Tony's death.

The Sopranos creator David Chase is searching for a child actor to portray a boyhood version of the late James Gandolfini's lead character in the forthcoming prequel movie.

During the conversation, Chase revealed that a young Tony Soprano is going to play a pretty central role, and a large part of the narrative will focus on the racial tensions between African-Americans and Italian-Americans in Newark, New Jersey in the '70s. And as long as people are thinking about it, The Sopranos lives, whether or not Tony does. There's really no wrong or right answer, but Chase does provide some insight in what he was intending to say with that final moment: "I meant to say that time here is precious and it could end at any moment, and somehow, love is the only defense against this very, very cold universe". "I was interested in exploring that".

Production is set to begin later this year.

"I was against [a movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place".

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He added, "I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark". Chase refrained from returning to the mob world for some time, perhaps not to tarnish the series that made HBO a major player in original content, however his interest in the city of Newark birthed this prequel film.

"Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end ..."

But Chase also reveals that he had a much different ending planned at one point. The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did.

The Many Saints of Newark is now in the casting process atWarner Bros' New Line Cinema.

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